Michelle Osmond Erickson is hoping to do her part for the preservation of the South American Rainforest.
Michelle grew up in a famous family. Her father Wayne was one of the original performing Osmond Brothers. Both her parents stressed education to their children. Michelle is the youngest of five and each of her siblings, as well as herself, has had extensive schooling. Her oldest sister is a Ph.D., another sister is an R.N., one of her brothers is an endodontist, and another brother is a pathologist. Michelle recently earned her MBA. This is definitely a well-educated family.
Michelle says her mother Kathy was a great role model for her and both her parents "encouraged us to seek out our education." She attributes her desire to learn to her parents who taught her to "work hard and set a goal."
Michelle decided to set up a blog as an outlet during her quest for her MBA. Bumbleberry Lane is her creation and is dedicated to a mixture of ideas and crafts. Like the namesake, Bumbleberry pie which contains a mixure of different berries, Bumbleberry Lane is a destination for a mixture of information about home projects and ideas. To Michelle, crafting is a "coping method" for dealing with stress - the stress of school and the stress of life. She put her love of homemaking, crafting, and analytical ideas into this website and now she is adding another aspect.
The Tagua (pronounced Tah-gwah) nut grows in the South American Rainforest. The nut is a unique product because it is similar to ivory, but doesn't require the killing of an animal. It looks and carves like elephant ivory, but no elephants need to be sacrificed for this product.
The Tagua nut falls naturally from a palm-like tree in the rainforest, also a benefit for the environment. The trees do not need to be cut down or harmed in order to acquire the nuts.
Michelle discovered this product when a family member brought her a Tagua bracelet from Ecuador. She immediately set out to learn more about the Tagua nut. What she found was that it is potentially something that can save the South American Rainforests. To create products from the Tagua nuts, the rainforests need to be preserved. Creating Tagua jewelry also helps the local economy, which is another benefit for the rainforests. If the population is working in an industry that relies on the rainforest, they are more likely to do whatever they need to do to preserve the precious ecological region. The bottom line is the jewelry made from the Tagua nut is eco-friendly and also helps the economy in the rainforest regions.
When Michelle was explaining this to me I thought it is a win-win situation. The final products created by the Tagua nuts are beautiful, and they do rival similar products created by elephant ivory. At the moment, Michelle is gathering interest in this new venture. She told me that if her Hobo Jo Tagua jewelry line has enough interest, she will start to personally create some products, but in the meantime the local artisans in South America are creating all of them.
During my discussion with Michelle, I discovered this is a young woman with a lot of creativity, common sense, ingenuity, and brains. Plus, she has a great sense of humor.
For more information about Bumbleberry Lane (where you will get a lot of great ideas for your home and learn about Michelle and her family), and to help her gather interest in the Hobo Jo Tagua jewelry line, go to http://www.bumbleberrylane.com. Click on the "Kickstarter" link to help her start the Hobo Jo jewelry enterprise and help the rainforests. She is currently raising funds to launch this venture. Like I said earlier, it's a win-win situation. And just look how beautiful these jewelry pieces are. Way to go, Michelle. Bravo!